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Final Year of Lead Hazard Control Grant

posted Jan 11, 2017, 7:38 AM by Healthy Homes   [ updated Jan 11, 2017, 7:38 AM ]

Lead Hazard Control Grant

posted Jun 10, 2016, 10:10 AM by Healthy Homes   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 2:37 PM ]





National LEAD POISONING PREVENTION WEEK 2015

posted Oct 15, 2015, 1:59 PM by Healthy Homes   [ updated Oct 16, 2015, 2:32 PM ]

Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected.

The goal is to prevent lead exposure to children before they are harmed. There are many ways parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead. The most important is stopping children from coming into contact with lead. Lead hazards in a child’s environment must be identified and controlled or removed safely.

For more information on grant opportunities to remediate lead hazards please click HERE.   

Become a Hazard Hunter!

posted Feb 12, 2015, 9:50 AM by Healthy Homes   [ updated Aug 3, 2015, 1:51 PM ]




Lead-contaminated dust is the primary cause of lead exposure and can lead to a variety of health problems in young children, including IQ, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and impaired hearing – all preventable.

Iowa’s incidence of children with elevated blood lead levels is greater than twice the national average.

Homes built before 1978 carry risk of lead paint hazards. The greatest risk is to homes built prior to 1960, and Iowa has one of the largest stocks of houses built prior to 1960 in the nation. 

Iowans at “high risk” for radon in homes

posted Jan 14, 2015, 9:08 AM by Healthy Homes   [ updated Jan 14, 2015, 9:08 AM ]

Iowa is believed to have the largest percentage of homes in the U.S. with radon levels above what the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) calls “acceptable.” Mindy Uhle, with the Iowa Department of Public Health, says at least half of the homes in the state have an elevated radon level.

Read more about the dangers of radon in this article from KCHA News.

Iowans at “high risk” for radon in homes

January is Radon Action Month

posted Jan 14, 2015, 7:33 AM by Healthy Homes   [ updated Jan 14, 2015, 8:37 AM ]

In Iowa all 99 counties are in Zone 1 for radon. This means our average indoor radon is more likely to be above the EPA acceptable level of 4.0 pCi/L. Radon is colorless and odorless and the only way to know if you have radon in your home is to test for it. January is Radon Action Month in Iowa and that means it is a great time to test your home! 

Testing your home is cheap and easy.  Do-it-yourself test kits can purchased through Linn County Healthy Homes.  CLICK HERE 

Do-it-yourself test kits can also be purchased at Linn County Public Health, 501 13th Street NW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  At this time, only cash or checks are accepted.  If you have any questions on how to use the test kits, please contact us at (319) 892-6000.



Few Iowa schools testing for, addressing high radon levels

posted Jan 14, 2015, 6:59 AM by Healthy Homes   [ updated Jan 14, 2015, 7:36 AM ]

Fewer than 1 in 5 Iowa school buildings have been tested for potentially harmful radon gas -- and an even smaller percentage of those that tested for high radon levels have been addressed, a new state report shows. 

Read more about this concerning issue in the Gazette article below:

Has your child’s school been tested for radon?

posted Nov 13, 2014, 1:47 PM by Healthy Homes   [ updated Nov 14, 2014, 6:21 AM ]

Radon Initiative Partnership in Local Schools (RIPLS)

      

Linn County Public Health performs FREE radon testing for schools that request it. nationwide survey of radon levels in schools estimates that nearly one in five has at least one schoolroom with a short-term radon level above the action level of 4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter) - the level at which EPA recommends that schools take action to reduce the level. In Iowa and Linn County, our average indoor radon levels are estimated to be twice the EPA recommended mitigation level.

Did you know that children spend approximately one-third of their time in school? Let’s work together to keep them safe from radon. Contact your child’s school directly and encourage them to sign up for the RIPLS program today!

If you have questions about the program itself, you can contact us at 319-892-6000 and ask to speak with a radon specialist. 


Lung Cancer Awareness Month

posted Nov 6, 2014, 8:00 AM by Healthy Homes   [ updated Nov 6, 2014, 8:01 AM ]

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This is an important month everywhere, but especially for Iowans due to the high concentration of radon throughout the state. Radon is the leading cause of cancer among non-smokers.  It is responsible for approximately 21,000 deaths each year in the United States.  The only way to know if your home has elevated levels of radon is to test for it.  
Testing your home is cheap and easy.  Do-it-yourself test kits can purchased through Linn County Healthy Homes.  CLICK HERE. Do-it-yourself test kits can also be purchased at Linn County Public Health, 501 13th Street NW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  At this time, only cash or checks are accepted.  If you have any questions on how to use the test kits, please contact us at (319) 892-6000.  










Throw Back Thursday

posted Oct 23, 2014, 7:03 AM by Healthy Homes   [ updated Oct 23, 2014, 7:04 AM ]

Children who become lead poisoned even at low levels have shows decreased IQ, behavior problems, and decreased academic achievement. Lead poisoning is linked to the decline of the Roman Empire due to the wide use of lead in utensils. 

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